SCIRT e-news 9 March 2012

Posted 09 Mar 2012 by SCIRT Popular

 

Getting the SCIRT message out to everyone

Stacked multilingual SCIRT factsheetsSCIRT, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team is undertaking one of the largest civil engineering projects in New Zealand's history. This is expected to take five years to complete. Throughout the rebuild, SCIRT is committed to keeping communities informed about the work we are doing.

People have different preferences for how they receive information. For many Christchurch residents English is a second language so there is a clear need to translate some of the information about SCIRT’s work. SCIRT fact sheets and brochures are now available in English, Chinese, Korean and Samoan. This information can be picked up from:

  • Rewi Alley Cultural and Education Centre
  • Aranui Community Trust
  • Christchurch Migrants Centre
  • Christchurch City Council Service Centres.

Download these from the website, or read more about how you can keep informed.

 

 

Taking care of our environment

 

The repair of Fitzgerald Avenue, near Bealey Avenue, is one of the highest priorities for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). This is a complex and challenging task, which the team from Downer have been working on since June last year. Work on the northbound lane is scheduled to be completed in May.

SCIRT is committed to zero harm, and this includes the safety of their people, the communities they operate in, and the environment. As the Fitzgerald Avenue worksite is close to the Avon River, the Downer team were especially keen to ensure that this sensitive environment was well protected.

Prior to work beginning, the Downer construction and commercial teams considered a range of methodologies. This took into account both the cost of construction, and the potential risks and benefits to the environment from each option.

A new innovative technique was chosen as a low risk option which was still commercially viable. This uses a ‘dry’ drill rig, which reduces the need to add water. This lowers the risk of contamination of the river and has the added benefit of zero vibration and significantly reduced noise.

Site workers in safety gear around a drill rig

Dry drill rig

Other practices that Downer has employed at the Fitzgerald Avenue site to protect the environment include:

  • A silt fence, shown in the photograph below, runs along the length of the site for about 250 metres to prevent fine soil particles from entering the river.
  • Spill kits are on site to manage environmental incidents should they occur.
  • A containment bund, shown in the photograph below, is in place along the width of the river as a precautionary measure. This would soak up any oil in the unlikely event of a spill taking place.

The Downer team have ensured that a range of environmental safety measures are in place and the work crews have been given environmental awareness training. This is delivering on SCIRT's commitment to protect the environment as it works to rebuild the city's damaged infrastructure.

A wall of silt being spread beside a roadway under reconstruction
A pipeway straddling a river

 

 

STMS … what's that?

 

We are a mix of people from all kinds of organisations and occupations. We work for SCIRT because we want to help rebuild our city for the people of Christchurch.

We are capably lead by our Alliance Leadership Team and in day-to-day operations by the Alliance Management Team, all good people focused on the future of Christchurch.

Our professional backgrounds include communication, administration, health and safety, quality, design, survey, engineering, traffic management, environmental management, planning, commercial, machinery operation, labouring and other trades.

Here's a small selection of our talented and very dedicated team. You might be interested in joining our team and coming to work with us.

  • Site Traffic Management Supervisor

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? The traffic management team arrive at a work site before the contractors to make the area safe for them to work in. We also ensure that the traffic has a safe passage through the work site and ensure the setup is as per the approved Traffic Management Plan.

    What are some of the challenges? The biggest challenge we face is traffic speeding through work sites and not adhering to the specified speed limit, which is usually 30 kilometres per hour. The other challenge we face is motorists not following the different road signs.

    What do you like most about your job? The variety the job offers and not working in the same place every day. Every site is different and there are different challenges to overcome. Also in this role we get to meet lots of people.

    What has surprised you on the job? The extent of damage across the city caused by the earthquakes. Also, there seems to be a better understanding within the community of the work we are doing much more so than before the earthquakes, which is great.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? I undertake SCIRT work as well as City Care's non-SCIRT construction and maintenance activities, but as part of the SCIRT work we do, we have the opportunity to interact more with the within the various Christchurch communities. They are always receptive of our arrival in their street.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We often receive morning tea, biscuits and drinks from the residents which are always appreciated.

  • Foreman

    Parent organisation: March Construction, working for MacDow Fletcher

    What does your job involve? Running and organising the work, the equipment and the procedures.

    What are some of the challenges? The scale of the Woodham Road project, the bypass pipe and the extra work that has to take place with further seismic activities.

    What do you like most about your job? The challenge of the job.

    What has surprised you on the job? How amazing the public have been and how generous they have been with providing baking.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? The work is very similar but we have much better communication to the public.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We work closely with the residents in the street and they are very understanding and accept that the work has to be completed.

  • Digger Operator

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? Each day I start off with my pre-start equipment and onsite health and safety checks and then get straight into digging. The crew completes a daily check-sheet which includes identification of hazards. The Digger Operator completes a permit to dig with the supervisor and project manager prior to digging.

    What are some of the challenges? Digging around services, such as telecommunication, gas (etc) is a big challenge as you have to be incredibly careful. This is a delicate operation, including hand digging to expose the cables.

    As a digger operator we work in all weather, rain or shine. During the winter, operating the digger in the cold can be quite a challenge in itself.

    What do you like most about your job? I like the variety on work sites. The work can be quite varied from straight forward digging to work on a service-intensive site.

    What has surprised you on the job? Since the earthquakes, the most surprising factor is just how much damage has been caused. For example, we cannot rely upon the services (cables) being where they are shown on the plan due to the movement of the ground shifting their position. This makes our work very tricky and we need to be more vigilant than normal.

    Is your job any different now that you are working on SCIRT projects? There are a lot more health and safety challenges that have arisen since the earthquakes. We need to be aware of these and take into consideration on a daily basis.

    Have you had any interactions with the community? We have had a few residents who are finding it difficult to cope with the vibrations the sheet piling causes and heavy vehicle movements.

    To help relieve the residents' nerves we are doing what we can to adjust the impacts, for example, slowing machine movements down even further to reduce the noise/vibrations they cause.

    We are very conscious about the impact our work has upon the communities we work within, therefore we are being as proactive as possible about reducing disruption and other disturbances where we can.

  • Project Manager

    Age: 29

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? I am a Project Manager primarily involved with water main regeneration projects.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? On and off in various guises for the past 10 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? To see the difference projects we are working on today will make to people's lives in the short and medium term.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? The mainly positive reaction from the residents while we are on their street working. They understand that we are trying to piece their lives together and in order to do that we have to cause much more disruption to their routines. If it was normal circumstances I don’t think they would be as welcoming.

  • Drainage Contractor

    Age: 48

    Parent organisation: Shayne Higgs Drainage Contractor Limited, sub-contracting to Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Working towards better infrastructure whether it be sewer, water, stormwater or any other jobs that we perform.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been in the contracting business for 32 years, we formed our company Shayne Higgs Drainage Contractor Limited in 1994. As a small company we pride ourselves on the work that we carry out. The staff that we employ work very hard to provide a quality product.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? We provide a service that we hope will help people in reinstating the infrastructure that has been so badly damaged which in itself is extremely gratifying. We have been involved in the rebuild of infrastructure since 4 September 2010, initially in Kaiapoi repairing water and sewer and now in the city carrying out water main renewals in various streets.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? The resilience of the people that have been so severely affected by the earthquakes. They have had to wait a long time for the infrastructure to be rectified and they have on many occasions shown their appreciation with wonderful comments and even bringing out baking for the staff. We hope that the service that we are providing will help the people affected by this devastation and build a better Christchurch.

  • Receptionist

    Age: For me to know !!

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Office administration, reception.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? 20 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Meeting people, hearing and relating to their stories (our property is in the Red Zone in Bexley).

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? People phoning in to the office with praise for our workmen on site.

  • Health and Safety Advisor

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? As City Care's Health and Safety Advisor, I am responsible for advocating Health and Safety across City Care, particularly within the company's National Construction division. At City Care, we believe that "it's not OK to be hurt at work", therefore a major emphasis of my role involves working with our people to ensure they meet code of practice requirements and all work is carried out safely. I am also responsible for overseeing City Care's subcontractor health and safety requirements, building relationships with them to ensure that we are all working towards City Care's safety goals. My role also includes identifying new safety initiatives as well as identifying new hazards, then working with staff to find ways to eliminate, minimise or isolate these new hazards.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have worked for City Care for a couple of years, but have been in the role of Health and Safety Advisor since the February earthquake. Prior to working for City Care, I held field management roles within high-risk industries where there has been a very strong focus on health and safety.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I really like the fact that the Safety Leadership Team is fully committed to working together to raise the health and safety standards for this project. Going forward, I believe the work the team is doing will lift health and safety standards across the industry as a whole.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? It has been great to see how quickly everything has come together which is indicative of everyone's commitment to the rebuild of Christchurch and the people living within the city.

  • Fletcher Engineering Delivery Team member

    Age: "old man"

    Parent organisation: Fletcher Engineering

    What does your job involve? To provide leadership, management and technical skills in the development of temporary traffic control systems that effectively support the Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild project in attaining its business objectives and achieving excellence in it key result areas.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been in Traffic Management for around 3 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I enjoy being able to help support the infrastructure rebuild and having a great new team to work with. It's also knowing that I give road users and pedestrians a clear and well-signed work zone. This is crucial in minimising risk and potential injury and making sure that everyone gets home safely at night.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? There are a few to mention but here are a couple. Three weeks into my new role after moving here from Auckland, Christchurch had another large earthquake (6.3) and then came the snow (I liked the snow, I made a snowman). The most surprising thing that's happened to me while working on this project is how great the people are that work at the MacDow Fletcher Joint Venture. They welcomed me with open arms and it seems like I have worked with this team for years.

  • Personal Assistant

    Age: 47

    Parent organisation: Christchurch City Council

    What does your job involve? General administration, coffee fetching, being cheeky to workmates.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? Years and years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Most of it. Knowing my name will be recorded in the history of the rebuild – it'll be in a small font at the very bottom, and probably be misspelled.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? Being asked to do a workmate's laundry as he had no power or water.

  • Communications Leader

    Age: 25

    Parent organisation: Downer

    What does your job involve? The role involves communicating information about the rebuild to the community including preparing works notices, working closely with the engineers, answering enquiries, meeting business owners and preparing articles about the rebuild.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? 5 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Being able to use my skills to increase the community's understanding of the rebuild so people can appreciate the work the contractors do and building relationships with the community.

    What is the most surprising thing that's happened to you on the project? Finding myself totally immersed in the earthquake rebuild, living in the residential red zone and working on the infrastructure rebuild.

  • Construction Manager

    Age: 51 (young as)

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Operation management for the Fulton Hogan rebuild team, with a focus on procurement of materials and sub-contractors.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been with the rebuild team since mid January 2011, but have worked for Fulton Hogan in similar roles for over 25 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? The huge scope and works make for plenty of variety.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? The scale of the damage following both February and June aftershocks.

  • GIS Consultant

    Age: 34

    Parent organisation: SKM (Sinclair Knight Merz)

    What does your job involve? My team is teaching the SCIRT team how to use the Spatial Viewer (online GIS viewer) in a way that they can quickly see information and immediately get an overview of where particular works need to be done. This information can then be exported into other programmes to present the data in a more generic way. While we are teaching them we are also taking on board suggestions as to how to better tailor the viewer for the project team’s specific needs. Currently we are in the process of integrating all of the built data from the various contractors. This data will then be displayed in the GIS viewer and passed back to the Christchurch City Council.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been involved in GIS, mapping and survey work for over ten years. I started working with SKM last November after spending four years working in GIS in Ireland. Before working in GIS I spent six years working as an archaeological surveyor with various consultancies in Ireland. I came over to NZ last year and I reckon I will be here for a while yet!

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Working with the different teams to come up with practical solutions in GIS that will help them make informed decisions and plan work. Getting information out to people in an easily accessible format through the web service.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Am I allowed to say the aftershocks?!

  • Project Engineer

    Age: 26

    Parent organisation: Fletcher Construction

    What does your job involve? I manage sub-contractors, to ensure programme, health and safety, environmental, quality, stakeholder and budget requirements are met. I mainly reconstruct sanitary sewer and other infrastructure. Currently I’m managing the construction of the new SCIRT office building and associated infrastructure at Middleton.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I've been working since 2004 but doing different work, mainly as a lab technician for geotechnical engineering and concrete training for Fletchers. I've been working in my current role since March 2011.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? I enjoy the technical aspects of the work and being challenged by deadlines.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Snow is only funny the first day, then it becomes less amusing. I got my ute stuck in a level carpark!

  • City Care Project Manager

    Age: 24

    Parent organisation: City Care

    What does your job involve? Predominantly project management, but I also run all the GPS survey gear for City Care's National Construction division.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have worked for City Care for eight years. I started at City Care as part of their one-year, award winning Pre-Apprentice Programme. Once I completed this programme, I then spent two years in our roading laboratory and a further two years in a construction crew. I have now spent four years in various project management roles for City Care most recently managing the installation of temporary sewage holding tanks as part of City Care's earthquake response team.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Having the opportunity to continue to expand my skill levels, for example working with severely damaged sewer laterals and coming up with different solutions to get the work completed on time.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Seeing first-hand the incredible level of destruction to the infrastructure. I also experienced the 13 June earthquake while onsite, being knee deep in water and liquefaction and helping residents in and out of their houses in Bexley.

  • Project Delivery Manager

    Age: 50

    Parent organisation: Fulton Hogan

    What does your job involve? Looking primarily after Avon River floodbanks and stormwater outfalls at present.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? In various forms on and off for 30 years.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Seeing the difference it makes for the people of Christchurch. Some direct benefits can be observed.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? Being beside the river during June 13th 6.3 aftershock and seeing the riverbanks sinking as well at the road!

  • Site Engineer

    Age: 34

    Parent organisation: Downer

    What does your job involve? Site engineer for the Downer rebuild team.

    How long have you been doing this kind of work? I have been working with the rebuild team since mid December 2010, and prior to that I was a contract manager/surveyor at Pegasus.

    What do you enjoy about the work you do for this project? Plenty of variety, and the chance to rebuild Christchurch city.

    What is the most surprising thing that’s happened to you on the project? I was quite surprised about the scale of damage in the central city.

 

How to keep in touch

The people of Christchurch are at the heart of SCIRT’s rebuild programme. We provide a range of different ways for you to stay informed - so keep an eye on these places:

  • Online:if you have access to a computer then our website is an excellent way to get up to date information about any works in your area:
  • In your community:If you are visiting one of the Christchurch City Council libraries/service centres, look out for our distinctive SCIRT display boards. They contain fact sheets about the work SCIRT is doing.

Translated fact sheets are available in Chinese, Korean and Samoan and can be collected from:

  • Rewi Alley Cultural and Education Centre
  • Aranui Community Trust
  • Christchurch Migrants Centre
  • Christchurch City Council Service Centres.
  • Newspapers:Watch out for our regular updates in Christchurch newspapers.
  • Letterbox:Keep an eye on your letterbox for notification about upcoming works in your street.

You can also email us at info@strongerchch.co.nz or phone the Call Centre on (03) 941 8999.

A SCIRT public display board

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